A little about our history
Flying Club's connection with the Stanford Community goes back a long
way. The Club was founded in 1935 at Stanford University, incorporated
in 1977 and is a non-profit educational association. Membership is open to the public.
Stanford Flying Club Today
Stanford Flying Club brings together aviation minded individuals and
entities who use the Stanford Flying Club network to obtain or provide access to flight training and aircraft, aviation seminars, educational aviation materials, Private Pilot License training support, and a range of Flight School resources.
We make flying affordable
There is no denying that the cost of a flight education can add up. The good news is that we're able to give you a 15 to 35% better value than what commercial flight schools offer.
- First, we are a non-profit club and not a for-profit business. We're not required to have costly business licenses and permits. We don't have glamorous or excessive office space. So, you don't pay for expensive overhead.
- And, rather than having excessive staff, we employ a few dedicated people.
- Quite frankly, we believe that your membership fees and flying funds should go towards paying for more important things, like quality instructor-pilots and newer aircraft. We find that our Members look at the cost of flying as an investment. An investment that more than pays for itself -- flying is rewarding, fun and exciting.
- Cessna Aircraft Company appointed Stanford Flying Club as a 'Cessna Authorized Flight Training Facility' in 1998. Our ongoing association with Cessna Aircraft Company allows us to obtain lower cost materials, and better maintenance and engineering support, directly from Cessna field service engineers. As a result the Club can offer Members better training materials, reasonable costs, excellent airplane availability, and a superior safety record.
The highest standards of safety
record. The Members of the Club are rightfully proud of our
long-standing safety record, which is the best safety record of any aircraft operator or club in the area. At the Palo Alto airport, we are the only
school that has been around for decades, while no student has ever been injured in a club aircraft. We
attribute our excellent safety record to our procedures, quality of
training, maintenance, manageable size, Cessna Aircraft factory support,
and the caliber of members and staff.